RACS is seeking expressions of interest to develop a network of peer supporters across all specialties and regions in Australia and New Zealand.

We are looking for those who are interested in providing peer support to Fellows, Trainees and IMGs involved in making or having been the subject of a complaint within the RACS Complaints Framework.

The role of providing peer support will include:

  • Listening.
  • Enquiring as to an individuals' welfare and recommending any professional assistance required.
  • Providing advice relevant to the process of natural justice.
  • Keeping in touch periodically to ensure welfare.

The role will not include:

Counselling or psychological first aid.

  • Providing legal advice.
  • Providing medical advice or prescription.
  • Taking sides, enquiring or commenting as to the specifics of the situation.

Initial and ongoing training will be provided to Fellows, trainees and IMGs interested in providing peer support.

Expressions of interest are now being sought and will be assessed against the criteria below. Interested Fellows, Trainees and IMGs are kindly requested to email a current CV and brief statement against the criteria to the Fellowship Services Committee.

Consideration of expressions of interest will include:

  • Previous experience providing pastoral care and/or mentoring.
  • Active clinical practice (or within 2 years of retirement).
  • Availability for contact outside of regular business hours.
  • Prior completion relevant training.
  • Demonstration of leadership.
  • Empathy and culturally sensitivity.
  • Availability to undertake relevant initial/ongoing training.

For additional information please contact the Director, Fellowship and Standards John.Biviano@surgeons.org